Wednesday, September 30, 2020
– The country music community remembered Mc Davis, who died at78 on Tuesday.
"Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent," said Reba McEntire. "He entertained and spread joy to so many people. What a wonderful legacy he left all of us with his music. Mac was one of a kind. I'm so blessed to have been one of his many friends."
Kenny Chesney recalled meeting Davis when he was just starting out. "He welcomed me into his home and turned that tremendous creative light on me. Even thought he'd written 'In the Ghetto' for Elvis and has so many incredible hits of his own, he made me feel like what I was doing mattered."
"A small town boy who'd achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a good family man. That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh and a bigger creative spirit. I was blessed to have it shine on me."
"And Mac, who was joyous, funny and created a family around him, never stopped writing great songs, creating music and inspiring everyone around him."
"He always kept in touch, always a kind word, a new joke or a piece of a song he was working on, which made him a blessing to everyone who came into his life."
"Mac Davis was such a great guy and an amazing writer. One of the best in the business and a wonderful friend. This is a huge loss to the music industry. His family is in my prayers." said B.J. Thomas.
"I cherish the tours I had with Mac Davis and was thrilled to work the Nevada casinos with him. He made a huge impact in our world of country music, and greatly respected. Love you Mac," said Janie Fricke.
"So saddened with the loss of Mac Davis and my heart is so heavy for his family, friends and fans. I have never heard of anyone who didn't love Mac....everything about him. I just recently featured him on my SXM show and talked about his humor as well as his writing and that, like Roger Miller, he had a way of putting it all together. He will be remembered with love and laughter," said Jeannie Seely.
Songwriter Bobby Tomberlin said, ""When my song, "One More Day" was number one, Mac got my number from BMI and called to congratulate me. I had never met him, but he was my first introduction to how songs were written when, on his weekly TV show, he would take an audience member's song idea and write a song right there on the spot. I was just a little kid but I would try to be like him and write my songs. Never dreaming that years later, he would invite me to come write with him in L. A. Mac and I would write and then he'd tell me stories and I would request songs for him to sing until 1 AM. It was like my own private show with him singing "Texas In My Rearview Mirror", "Watching Scotty Grow", "In The Ghetto", plus some obscure album tracks and some brand new songs. He wrote songs for Elvis, Glen Campbell, Dolly, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers and more recently, Bruno Mars, Weezer and Blake Shelton. He starred on Broadway, was ACM Entertainer of the Year, had many hits as an artist, starred in numerous movies and TV shows, headlined in Vegas, but most importantly, a great husband, father and a very kind man. He will be missed so much."